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Come Dye With the Textile Arts Center at Etsy Labs handmade and vintage goods

My favorite holiday is getting closer and closer. As I cross off the days on my calendar with neat X’s, I get increasingly excited for the heaping mountains of mashed potatoes and the remarkable pie-to-person ration that my family strives for each year. Yes, Thanksgiving time is lurking! 

Please join us at the Etsy Labs on Monday, November 15 for a Craft Night led by Isa Rodrigues and Owyn Ruck from the Textile Arts Center for a workshop on dyeing napkins autumn colors, just in time to adorn your dinner table for a fall meal shared with family and friends.

In this workshop, we’ll will learn how to dye fabric using fiber reactive dyes. These dyes not only are super easy and safe to use, but are one of the most eco-friendly amongst synthetic dyes. Participants will be able to experiment with a different range of colors and also with some tie-dye and shibori techniques.

Note: We’ll provide enough materials for everyone to make two napkins, but if you would like to make more, please bring along extra cotton fabric or napkins.

The beautiful Textile Arts Center (pictured below) is located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and its main goal is to provide support to fiber artists, and everyday people interested in working with fiber, by acting as a resource facility and creative meeting place. They offer classes, workshops and special events for both adults and children on fiber arts topics including weaving, screenprinting, dyeing, embroidery, sewing, and more. Our space also acts as a gallery for fiber artists and backdrop for lectures, demos, and screenings. The Textile Arts Center has also recently started an affordable private studio rental program for textile artists and designers.

565The Craft Night scoop:

Where: 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 in Brooklyn, New York, 11201
When: Monday, November 15 from 4-8 p.m. ET
RSVP here.

And online: Live far away? Join us online at 5 p.m. ET for a live how-to demo in the Virtual Labs, our online multi-user chat room. (See what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.)

If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to craft along with us, you’ll need to round up the following supplies:

  • Cotton napkins 
  • Procion MX dyes (fall colors)
  • Urea
  • Soda ash
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Rubber bands
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needles
  • Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Big plastic plastic containers or foil oven trays (to soak the napkins)
  • Plastic drop-cloths

Upcoming Events with the Etsy Labs:
11/16: Church of Craft meeting at Etsy Labs
11/22: Open Craft Night
11/29: Craft Night is Cancelled
12/6: Painting Porcelain Ornaments with LoucheLab & Pebeo


Looking for further crafting inspiration? 

How to Make Natural Dye | Dye-Related Posts | How-Tuesday Projects

Will we see you at Craft Night? Let us know in the comments below.